Newest round of US/China trade tariffs to begin Monday

2 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:51:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
By: Drew Pilewski, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Both China and the United States' newest round of tariffs go into effect on Monday. The US' tariffs will affect roughly $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The Chinese tariffs will hit $60 billion worth of American goods.

The Trump administration released a full list of the affected imports. They include food, chemicals, consumer products like textiles and much more. The first steel tariffs went into effect on March 23rd.

There are also new tariffs placed on iron ore, one of the main ingredients in steel.

There has been concern in mid-Missouri about how rising steel prices could affect the price of new cars. One car enthusiast told KOMU 8 News she is worried about fewer people buying.

"It slows down the car scene because less people are going to get cars. They're not going to come out to the car meets as often," Jay Wood said.

According to Chinese metal information provider, Antaike, the price of Chinese cold-rolled steel has increased by 9% since March.

"They are going to be spending the money they would on modifying the cars, on just buying the cars," Jay Wood said.

Many economists agree it may be a full year before car prices catch up to the price of steel, but those increases are coming.

"Buyers cannot avoid price increases from tariffs," the study said. 

One study released by the Peterson Institute for International Economics said prices for compact cars could increase by up to $2,057, and luxury compact SUVs/crossovers could increase by up to $6,971.

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